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length

Definitions

  • Sawing Logs into Lengths
    Sawing Logs into Lengths
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n length a section of something that is long and narrow "a length of timber","a length of tubing"
    • n length continuance in time "the ceremony was of short duration","he complained about the length of time required"
    • n length the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest dimension of something that is fixed in place "the length of the table was 5 feet"
    • n length size of the gap between two places "the distance from New York to Chicago","he determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points"
    • n length the property of being the extent of something from beginning to end "the editor limited the length of my article to 500 words"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Lead bale clips used for sealing bales of woolen cloth and other goods. Once a clip had been attached to a bale it attested that the goods were of an approved quality and length or amount Lead bale clips used for sealing bales of woolen cloth and other goods. Once a clip had been attached to a bale it...
Measuring the length of the foot Measuring the length of the foot
Relative Length of Ages of Reptiles, Mammals and Man Relative Length of Ages of Reptiles, Mammals and Man
A full-length portrait of Cromwell A full-length portrait of Cromwell
A half-length portrait of the queen A half-length portrait of the queen
A full-length portrait of the young king A full-length portrait of the young king

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a soccer game, the average length of time the ball is in play [for ninety minutes] is only 52 minutes.
    • Length A portion of space or of time considered as measured by its length; -- often in the plural. "Large lengths of seas and shores.""The future but a length behind the past."
    • Length A single piece or subdivision of a series, or of a number of long pieces which may be connected together; as, a length of pipe; a length of fence.
    • Length Detail or amplification; unfolding; continuance as, to pursue a subject to a great length. "May Heaven, great monarch, still augment your bliss
      With length of days, and every day like this."
    • Length Distance. "He had marched to the length of Exeter."
    • Length The longest, or longer, dimension of any object, in distinction from breadth or width; extent of anything from end to end; the longest line which can be drawn through a body, parallel to its sides; as, the length of a church, or of a ship; the length of a rope or line.
    • Length The quality or state of being long, in space or time; extent; duration; as, some sea birds are remarkable for the length of their wings; he was tired by the length of the sermon, and the length of his walk.
    • v. t Length To lengthen.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In literature, the average length of a sentence is around 35 words.
    • n length The property of being long or extended in a single direction; also, that which is long.
    • n length Distance along a line, as measured, for example, upon the circumference of a wheel that rolls over it: as, the length of a road, a river, or the arc of a curve.
    • n length The magnitude of the greatest principal axis of a body or figure; one of the dimensions of a body, the others being breadth and thickness. See dimension, 1. Thus, the length of a stick of timber is not its longest measurement, between opposite angles, but is the shortest distance between the ends. Every body has three principal axes, which are capable of being determined with mathematical precision; and in most cases we can see what they are near enough for practical purposes. The distance between the extremities of the longest of these three axes is the length of the body.
    • n length Reach; power of reaching; extent of range: as, the length of one's vision or of a view.
    • n length Extent of or in time; duration; continuance: as, the length of a day or a year, or of life; the length of a battle or a performance; a discourse of tedious length.
    • n length In orthoëpy and prosody:
    • n length The time occupied in uttering a vowel or syllable; quantity.
    • n length The quality of a vowel as long or short, according to the conventional distinction of long and short in English pronunciation.
    • n length The quality of a syllable as metrically accented or unaccented in modern or accentual poetry. See long, adjective
    • n length A piece or portion of the extent of anything in space or time; a part of what is extended or elongated: as, a length of rope; a dress-length; to cut anything into short lengths: often used specifically of a definite portion, of known extent, of the thing spoken of, as of an acting drama (namely, forty or forty-two lines): as, an actor's part of six lengths; won by a length (that is, of the horse, boat, etc., engaged in the contest).
    • n length In archery, the distance from the archer to the target he is to shoot at.
    • n length After a time; at last; at the end, or at a point of transition: as, at length he came to a spring; at length they were subdued.
    • n length To go to the extent of; rise to the pitch or height of: commonly used of inordinate action or speech: as, he went to the length of tearing down his house, of denying his identity, or of sacrificing his own interests.
    • length To extend; lengthen.
    • n length In the brachiopod shell, the distance from the apex of the more projecting valve axially to the anterior margin.
    • n length In the pelecypod shell, commonly the greatest distance across the shell fore and aft, but more correctly the distance from the beak obliquely along the crescence-line, or line of most rapid growth.
    • n length In cricket: The distance between the bowler's wicket and the spot where the ball pitches: said of a ball bowled.
    • n length The proper distance at which a ball bowled should pitch; a good pitch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tapeworms range in size from about 0.04 inch to more than 50 feet in length.
    • n Length length quality of being long: extent from end to end: the longest measure of anything: long continuance: detail:
    • v.i Length to grow longer
    • n Length length (prosody) time occupied in uttering a vowel or syllable: the quality of a vowel as long or short: any definite portion of a known extent
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If your sword's too short, add to its length by taking one step forward.”
  • Jean Rostand
    Jean%20Rostand
    “The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding. [Job 12:12]”
  • Euripides
    Euripides
    “There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its length: a quiet conscience.”
  • John Lyly
    John Lyly
    “The true measure of life is not length, but honesty.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph%20Waldo%20Emerson
    “It is not length of life, but depth of life.”

Idioms

At arm's length - If something is at arm's length, it is a safe distance waway from you.
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Keep someone at arm's length - If you keep someone or something at arm's length, you keep a safe distance away from them.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lengthe, AS. lengð, fr. lang, long, long; akin to D. lengte, Dan. længde, Sw. längd, Icel. lengd,. See Long (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S.,—lang, long.

Usage

In literature:

Among them was the Minotaur, which, in consequence of her great length, is fitted with five masts.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
At length they reached the region of the present State of Missouri.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 2 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Vladimir at length (1015 A.D.) came to his end.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
At length Basil deemed himself near enough, and, levelling his piece, fired.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
But it was all over at length, and in twenty hours' time I was on my feet again, and as brisk and well as ever.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
Those made in lengths which may be carried easily, and quickly fitted together to any length required.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
At length his own army arrived; and the enemy again took to flight.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
At length, most of the pastors had left the country.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
For a double lock bridge, a piece of rope of a length equal to the length of the middle bay replaces the lashing.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
At length they found that a steamer was going.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
At length he formed a small party of his friends to go away on a hunting excursion.
"Pyrrhus" by Jacob Abbott
He had been released at length, and was now convinced that no one was to blame for his protracted imprisonment.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
You will there observe a splendid saloon, perhaps a hundred feet in length, richly carpeted and adorned throughout.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
At length, in little more than a year, Gaveston came back.
"Richard II" by Jacob Abbott
At length Lord Chetwynde went on.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
At length he hit upon a point that seemed nearly right.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
At length he raised his eyes.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
At length came so mighty a blow that he was hurled like a log to the earth.
"Historic Tales, Vol 14 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
No change on the turn, but at the quarter Harry Gilmore was a half length in front of Bruce second, a length ahead of Runnymede third.
"History of the Kentucky Derby, 1875-1921" by John Lawrence O'Connor
At length, after a journey of four months, the royal cavalcade drew near the city of Brussels.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
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In poetry:

And when at length the drear and long
Time soothed thy fiercer woes,
How plaintively thy mournful song
Upon the still night rose!
"But Here's An Object More Of Dread" by Abraham Lincoln
River! that in silence windest
Through the meadows, bright and free,
Till at length thy rest thou findest
In the bosom of the sea!
"To The River Charles" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
O Heart, I cry
For love and life, pardon and hope and strength!
O Father, I am thine; I shall not die,
But I shall sleep at length!
"An Evening Prayer" by George MacDonald
At length the king himself drew near,
And as he gazing stands,
The pretty babe look'd up and smil'd,
And stretch'd his little hands.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
Till by remembrance led
He stood at length beside their slighted bed,
Above which, truly, scarce a line or letter
Could now be read.
"The Obliterate Tomb" by Thomas Hardy
At length, where yon translucent tide,
Meanders slow the meads among:
Reclining on its sedgy side,
Thus to her sleeping babe she sung:
"Bertram And Anna" by Thomas Gent

In news:

Carbide is a subsidiary of Star SU that produces made-to-print tungsten carbide preformed blanks and extrusions that can be cut to length or machined into complex shapes.
Hal Corley's full-length play, at least as presented by Theatre Artists Studio, is too long by a good 90 minutes.
Smok'n Frolic drew up to briefly challenge Cashier 's Dream, but the 1-5 favorite pulled away to win by six lengths in 1:23.47.
Putting a song over 10 minutes long on your debut full-length is masturbatory.
This year has seen the release of Moncrief's own Watered Lawn, a rambunctious full-length effort that features the cortex-searing soul of " Castout for Days".
Fight For Your Right (Revisited) Full Length.
Savory and Sweet Catering of Sunnyvale, Calif, has actually saved tons of money because of the lengths to which its owner, Leanne Pomellitto, has gone to minimize her impact on the planet.
So begins "Young Doctors in Love," a corkscrewing new cut from Modern Problems, the forthcoming full-length from Shawn Foree's synth-punk project Digital Leather.
Pad Print Machinery of Vermont has designed a new two-axis servo-driven programmable printer for marking multiple sized width and length catheters or tubes.
Jane is apt to cerebrate at length before making even minor decisions.
Unused ballets must also be stored for the same length of time.
More than simply helping haul out a cell's garbage, ubiquitin, with its panoply of chain lengths and shapes, marks and regulates many unrelated cellular processes.
Champaign, IL Length of Program: 2 year School Type: public mba.uiuc.edu.
If you've got a set of dumbbells at home, or a wall-length rack at your gym, you can get in and out fast with this routine.
An officer of the Netherlands Association of America in Minnesota (NAAM), Buisman went to great lengths to help recognize Blyleven.
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In science:

Numerically the typical localization length ξt (E ) is obtained by averaging over localization lengths of al l eigenstates with energy E .
Random-mass Dirac fermions in an imaginary vector potential: Delocalization transition and localization length
The length scale Lc is known as the localization length.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Length of the stub is L and it is taken to be the unit of length.
Violation of general Friedel sum rule in mesoscopic systems
We define the length of m to be the sum of the lengths of the images of components of M .
A norm on homology of surfaces and counting simple geodesics
Since the density of states includes eigenfunctions with energy E of order η, we find that η sets a length scale in the system (this length is identical to the average localization length discussed above).
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
We first observe that for any submodule U ′ (of finite length) of N there is a bound b with the following property: If U ′′ is a submodule of N of finite length with U ′ ⊆ U ′′ such that U ′′/U ′ is generated by q and δ(U ′′/U ′ ) = 0, then the length of U ′′/U ′ is bounded by b.
Infinite dimensional representations of canonical algebras
At the percolation point, the cycle length distribution (31) is dominated by the factor exp(−l 2/2k) so that when the component size is fixed, the typical cycle length behaves as the typical path length, l ∼ k1/2 .
Kinetic Theory of Random Graphs
We introduce a length scale Lϕ, the phase coherence length, that characterizes the length over which phase breaking phenomenon becomes effective.
Functionals of the Brownian motion, localization and metric graphs
FIG. 2: Schematic diagram showing the first bubble of length mb, spacer of length ms and the unzipped segment of length m when a pulling force g is applied at one end of the polymer in the random medium.
Unzipping an adsorbed polymer in a dirty or random environment
A first fundamental identity is obtained by expressing the generating function for paths of length k + 1 in two different ways: (i) as the concatenation of a path of length 1 (first step) and a path of length k, or (ii) as the concatenation of a path of length k and a path of length 1 (last step).
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
Very roughly, if an ERW of length m goes to a distance of µ for µ ≫ √m then the next portion of length m of the ERW should be quite independent from the previous portion, and should also continue to a length of µ.
Excited random walk in two dimensions has linear speed
In all simulations with feedback, only an oval distortion with scale smaller than the disk scale length is present as opposed to a clear bar with scale length ∼ disk scale length in models without SN feedback.
Forming Disk Galaxies in Lambda CDM Simulations
However, independent of this paper, [BCLO] obtained a presentation of Sn that is bounded and has bit-length O(log n); however, it is not short in the sense given above. (Section 1.2 contains a definition of bit-length, together with a discussion of various notions of lengths of presentations and their relationships.
Presentations of finite simple groups: a quantitative approach
If the presentation in (a) has length l, then the corresponding presentation of H has length at most ml. (c) The length of an element of H with respect to the above generators of H is at most its length with respect to the original generators of G.
Presentations of finite simple groups: a quantitative approach
To couple the distances, it is necessary to estimate the length of the paths of length r after loop-erasure, and to show that the distribution of this length is highly concentrated around its mean.
The loop-erased random walk and the uniform spanning tree on the four-dimensional discrete torus
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